Something Else! Interviews

Chicago, “Take Me Back to Chicago” from Chicago XI (1977): One Track Mind

Chicago, “Take Me Back to Chicago” from Chicago XI (1977): One Track Mind

Danny Seraphine joins us to discuss how a shocking loss sparked “Take Me to Chicago,” released on Sept. 12, 1977 as part of ‘Chicago XI.’

Restless Hall and Oates weren’t content with success of Bigger Than Both of Us

Restless Hall and Oates weren’t content with success of Bigger Than Both of Us

Hall and Oates scored their first No. 1 song in the summer of 1976. John Oates tells us why they refused to stand pat after that.

Steven T. Easter, musician and promoter: Something Else! Interview

Steven T. Easter, musician and promoter: Something Else! Interview

Steven T. Easter is a bit of a phenomenon. As we learn in this in-depth talk, he is a musician, promoter, producer and kite flyer – yes, kite flyer.

Asia [with John Payne], “Ghost in the Mirror” from Silent Nation (2004): One Track Mind

Asia [with John Payne], “Ghost in the Mirror” from Silent Nation (2004): One Track Mind

Released on August 31, 2004, Asia’s ‘Silent Nation’ represented the final collaboration between longtime partners Geoff Downes and John Payne.

Matt Gold and Nate Friedman, of Sun Speak: Something Else! Interview

Matt Gold and Nate Friedman, of Sun Speak: Something Else! Interview

Guitarist Matt Gold and drummer Nate Friedman discuss Sun Speak’s endlessly intriguing blend of folk, jazz and experimental music.

Toto’s Fahrenheit was more than the sum of its ballads: ‘We’ll morph from style to style’

Toto’s Fahrenheit was more than the sum of its ballads: ‘We’ll morph from style to style’

‘Fahrenheit,’ released in August 1986, fell into an emerging trend – as the big-hearted singles didn’t reflect all of Toto’s varied musical goals.

Inside the naming of Booker T. and the MGs’ ‘Green Onions’ : ‘The stinking-est music I’ve ever heard!’

Inside the naming of Booker T. and the MGs’ ‘Green Onions’ : ‘The stinking-est music I’ve ever heard!’

Steve Cropper recalls the off-handed approach to finding a title for Booker T. and the MGs’ timeless ‘Green Onions,” released in August 1962.

The Bosman Twins, jazz duo: Something Else! Interview

The Bosman Twins, jazz duo: Something Else! Interview

Identical but not the same, the Bosman Twins talk to Sammy Stein about their deft combination of jazz, R&B, funk, gospel – and family.

Garth Hudson on the Band’s influences, Basement Tapes, tragic losses

Garth Hudson on the Band’s influences, Basement Tapes, tragic losses

The Band’s Garth Hudson, celebrating an Aug. 2 birthday, discusses overcoming tragedy, the sounds that inspire, and his love affair with the Lowry.

John Wetton’s complex relationship with a signature Asia tune: ‘American guys went: Yes!’

John Wetton’s complex relationship with a signature Asia tune: ‘American guys went: Yes!’

John Wetton admits that ‘Alpha,’ released on July 26, 1983, contained “one of the most identifiable Asia songs.” But he struggles with its message today.